Eric's Sunday Sermon; God and Love and Synergism
A small child without a family has a much tougher time in life.
The power on working with others.
Sometime take the time to watch ants at work. Do the same with termites. And then check out honey bees. You can just put in those names in Google and find videos of such things. Although I must say that seeing them live at work is quite outstanding but not all of us have the inclination or time to cruise around for hours finding and watching them. They are almost nothing alone. But together they can build or demolish something of size and importance.
Have you ever watched a team sport with just one player? Have you ever heard a live symphony with just a trumpet? Have you ever checked into a hospital with just the doctor? Have you ever seen a school with one pupil? Have you ever attended a worship service with only you? Could God even exist all by Himself? Have you ever tried only loving yourself? Try marrying yourself and starting a family.
Oh for sure there are things best done all alone. Personally I like to engage in the bodily function of evacuating my bowels all alone. I just love this line from a country western song: “when I drink alone I like to do it by myself”. However most the stuff we do alone effects someone else whether we want it to or not.
I, like many writers like to isolate. And I like to do a whole bunch of things by myself as much or more than with others. However the reality is that I have friends and family and associates and bills to pay. While isolating is my right, the problem is that it affects others. So in a sense I do not have the right not to have communicating intercourse with others.
Take a look outside of the box. Getting the “stuff” done requires us to work together. But there is a different plane out there and in there. The hard work of loving one another. It is clear that the more folk we get together the stronger the love factor. So if our goal is to love, then like the ants we do much better with synergism.
An Elvis song really
Family through my wife -- we really do love each other
Let love live
Oh for sure there are great Bible verses on love. Now don’t go running off looking for them. The Bible is best savored through concepts and not word by word interpretation. So it goes like this. Those who don’t know love do not know God. Those who do for the least of us, do so also for God. God is Love. And that great notion of loving one another. How about the beauty of; For God so loved the world He sent his only son for us. And a favorite for me; there is not greater love than to lay down one’s life for another.
I notice something in common there. It would seem that we have to love one another in order to do right by God. And this of course leads us to that great concept again that God is Love. I like the concept of “I need you to love”. And it’s buddy concept of “I need you to love me”. Now don’t go down that road of co-dependency voodoo. Just get over it. We need each other and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Remember no one would have job or earn a living if it were not for others. Many times when I have a void of love, others fill it for me. Did you know that if there were not poor people, rich people would have no one to help, and that would be a bummer. When I do for others I do for myself. Just as a side here, animals love us back but we have yet to figure out if rocks do also. Don’t tell anyone but I get the sense that my home loves me.
I think if we were to catch love and put it in a box and seal it up, it would die. I also think that if we do not love enough our love begins to atrophy. It also appears clear that the more we practice something the better we get at it. At least that is what I tell people I coach or teach or my children.
Maybe we should come together
I am quite sure that you know that we can now make the lungs and heart work with artificial means. I suppose that is really cool. But I also question it. But did you know that they cannot make the brain work artificially, at least not yet. And are you aware that a specialized foot massage can cure a headache. Your heart will stop working and your lungs will collapse and your brain will go dead without a pancreas or liver or kidneys. They are working on artificial means to do the work of those organs and they kind of have it down with kidneys but not really. Complex living organisms rely on the synergistic functioning of the whole organism. Likewise there are some tasks that we simply cannot do alone or independently.
Now does a butterfly in China flapping it’s wings really affect me here in North America? I do not know. But I do know that cutting down rain forests in the Amazon affects how much oxygen is in the earth’s air and that that affects me. I know in my heart that damming a river affects me. I know that the unnatural death of a Sea Lion really affects my mood and productivity and therefor that it affects others.
This might be a strange thing to say but here we go. I do not believe that prayers need to go up to God and come back down in order to be effective. You see I believe that God is love like the Bible teaches me. And I believe in the time honored notion that God is omnipotent and omnipresent. So I believe that the prayer done in love for another often goes directly to the other. And I believe it can heal in so doing. We are all just so connected in love and distanced in the absence of love. Love is a constant synergism. I buy the notion that love can conquer all.
Loving together is actually more effective than working together.
Are you aware that when another has an ouch if you can rub your hands together real fast making them hot through friction and then place those hands on the hurt part of the other it will cause the healing blood of the body to surge to that place and healing is fostered. Add to that the energy of love and compassion and good things are going to happen. A prayer is a good way to facilitate that transfer of energy and love. Two or more can cause healing to be strengthened. I call that synergism. There is a cool saying that we usually use when someone in a relationship is not loving the other person back. We say “love is a two way street”. But flip that around to the positive and you get a rule of natural love.
Pregnant ladies have a glow. It could be because the unborn child is giving the mother energy and love back. It would appear that you have two kinds of sermons. One filled with love and the other without it. Do we wonder which one is better? We are currently blessed in this home. My young son has a winning streak of teachers that love their students. Wow he loves to go to class. Oh yea they learn to do stuff there also. What up with that, his two favorite subjects are math and writing. Not recess and PE?
Interestingly in our home my wife and I both love our son. We both have areas of teaching him and going through his homework. I am of the school of saying things like “alright let’s see what we can learn with this assignment it will be great”. She is of the school of a strict disciplinarian. It is awesome because both methods work because both are done in love. He loves to achieve for his mother, and he loves to do it with his dad. We could not do this without the three of us joining in love.
We have all heard and witnessed that “united we stand and divided we fall”. If we apply that to love we are greatly benefited, and so are others. I suggest that if you do not have one, find a cause with a group of people behind it. Join it and insert your love into it. You will likely infect others and the synergism will begin.